The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 15th September 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 18th Sep

Reception Meeting for Parents Postponed! Please see details of new date below.

Mon, 18th Sep

Class 1 Welly Walk

Wed, 20th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 20th Sep

Girls Fooball Club (Lunchtime)

Wed, 20th Sep

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 21st Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 21st Sep

KS2 Boys Football Club (Lunchtime)

Thu, 21st Sep

Forest School for Class 2

Thu, 21st Sep

Deadline for Class 3 Malvern Show Entries

Attendance Policy

The school's leadership team have recently reviewed the attendance policy and a letter has been sent home today to remind all parents about the importance of attendance and punctuality. There is a direct correlation between low attendance figures and a pupils success and development in their education. Lateness also has a negative impact on the child, their peers, the staff and it can also compromise health and safety procedures.

Please take time to read the letter which outlines full information about how school will monitor attendance and the steps it will take if concerning patterns of attendance or lateness are identified.

Roald Dahl Day!

On Wednesday, the school celebrated one of the most famous children's authors, Roald Dahl.

Having a theme of one of his much-loved books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, each class had some sticky and sweet activities to keep them busy.

Reception have been exploring senses and thought about decorating chocolate to make it pleasing on the eye, and tasty too!

Class 2 invented their own lollipops which could turn them into anything they imagined, and got their maths skills working with some sweet-shop sorting.

Class 3 and 4 transformed into Willy Wonka's factory for the afternoon and explored 3D shapes and nets with creating exciting packaging for new chocolate creations, and wrote recipes for these tasty treats too.

We all had a great day, and many thanks also to our parent readers Lauren Young and Helen Mitchell for bringing his stories to life for our classes.

Malvern Show

We are very excited in class 3 that we are going to be entering exhibits in the Malvern Autumn gardening show. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at forest school taking photographs of woodland wonders. We looked at different angles and how the light and shade changed the picture. We are editing them ready to be entered in the competition.

Mrs Tart

Welly Walk

What a fabulous start to our welly walks we have had this week! Class 1 and all the adults got their best searching eyes on and went on a hunt around the local area. This week, we spent some time pacing around the wonderful church, we as a school have such good links too. Luckily for us, the church offered some brilliant shelter from the downpour of rain which greeted us just as we left the school. Inside we discovered many different parts of the church and learnt a little history about the church's features.

I was amazed by the stamina and enthusiasm of class 1 already, begging us to take them even further! There will be plenty more adventures to follow!

Class 1 and Miss Davies would like to thank Mrs Layton and Mrs Balson! Without your help we wouldn't be able to go out on such lovely walks.

Stay tuned for the next tale of exploration by Class 1

Football Coaching from the FA

This week, the children's PE lessons have welcomed Jon from Herefordshire FA to work with them on improving and building up football skills.

The children thought about the key aspects of sportsmanship, such as listening, respect and teamwork, and also took part in many different activities which built on their possession skills, their footwork, and their ability to communicate with one another on the pitch.

We are very lucky to learn from an expert like Jon, and look forward to seeing how much our footie skills will improve over the coming weeks!

Girls Football Club

On a Wednesday lunchtime, Key Stage 2 girls will be able to take part in a lunchtime football club with a Herefordshire FA coach.

The club aims to improve girls' participation in the sport, and also works on their confidence and skills in football, ready to use at a competitive level.

We look forward to letting you know how we get on!

girls fball

Design, Stitch and Strut Club!

In 'Design, stich and strut' we have decided our first project is to make a small bag that will be perfect to keep all of our important stationary safe. Before we could start on this project, we all had to learn how to thread a needle and complete a stich, so we stitched our initials into a plain piece of material.

This week, we have all carefully selected our fabric and have successfully measured and cut out a square of fabric. We will now start to pin and sew our pieces of material together to create a very lovely bag.

Please check book bags tonight!

Please can all parents check in book bags this weekend as Mrs Bullock has sent home a pack which contains documentation which will need to be completed and sent back to the school office. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Reception Meeting for Parents

Unfortunately, Miss Davies needs to attend training on Monday 18th September and therefore we will need to rearrange the meeting for Reception parents for Monday 25th. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Governor Update

On behalf of the governing body I would like to welcome everyone back for the Autumn term and to give a warm welcome to the new families joining us at Eastnor. In the last newsletter of the Summer term Mrs Driscoll reminded all existing parents of the school uniform policy to ensure we maintain our very high standards; we regularly receive positive comments regarding the children and how smart they look at both internal and external events.

Having visited the school this week I was generally very impressed with the way the children looked and the overall impression of the school. However, I would like to remind parents that school shoes should be plain black and suitable for school i.e. no ballet pumps or boots for girls and no trainers for boys or girls. Coats should be navy with a hood with no embellishments. School bags should not have commercial logos.

 The governors and teachers will be monitoring the uniform policy closely and where there are deviations from acceptable school uniform policy, parents will be notified and expected to rectify.

 

Craig Watson, Chair of Governors

Class 2

Class 2 have had a great start to the term, impressing Miss Patchett and Miss Evans with how well they are settling in and learning new routines. They have enjoyed getting to know each other better and working together as a class.

In English, the children have been thinking about writing good sentences. Year 1 children have been trying hard to remember capital letters, full stops, spaces between words and using phonics to spell! The Year 2 children have been thinking about all these things and how to extend their sentences and make them more interesting. They have used time connectives, conjunction words and adjectives!!!!

In Maths, we have all been exploring Number and Place Value. This has meant lots of counting in practical activities, either in ones or tens. We have been problem solving using number lines and hundred squares and the children have been encouraged to try and explain how they are solving problems. We enjoyed our ‘Roald Dahl Day’ Maths which involved counting and sorting sweets!!

In Science, we have been looking at everyday materials and their properties. To celebrate Roald Dahl day we had a special science lesson all about chocolate. We looked at properties of solid and melted chocolate and investigated how long chocolate takes to melt.

In Topic, we have been exploring the world map. Class 2 worked in teams to identify all the seven continents and label them on a blank map. Our topic focus this term is the Great Fire of London and in Music we have been looking at songs that are about the Great Fire of London. In particular, we explored the lyrics of London’s Burning and thought carefully about what the lyrics mean.

In Art, we have been looking at line texture and have used our skills to create a line drawing of the London skyline. Over the next few weeks we will build upon our drawing skills to add texture, shading and detail to these pictures.


House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Heidi for her excellent curiosity and inquisitiveness about all areas of learning. She always offers some truly insightful ideas and thoughts. Well done Heidi!

Year 1

Naomi for trying so hard in everything she does - fantastic!

Year 2

Penny for some super reading and writing and good independent work!. Well done!

Year 3

ZacK for trying really hard to do the right thing and for great maths work. Well done Zack!

Year 4

Kai for working so hard with everything and for fantastic writing in his mystery story. Keep it up Kai!

Year 5

Harry for some wonderful description in our retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur. Great work Harry!

Year 6

Hannah for being conscientious in all her work, challenging herself and using all her skills in her writing. Well done, Hannah!

Headteacher Award

Dominic in class 2 for producing some excellent writing this week. Dominic you have also being working very hard at proving yourself to be a very sensible and helpful year two! Well done.